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A crafty swap {Very Berry Hoop Swap}

It’s been a very long time since I participated in a craft swap. My free time is very short at the moment and I’m hardly spending any time papercutting or sewing. However, the latest Very Berry Hoop Swap really appealed to me so I signed up.
The idea was quite simple. To purchase a miniature embroidery hoop (measuring just 4.5cm across) and fill it with some handmade textile art. I purchased a dandelyne miniature embroidery hoop from Cloud Craft and turned to Pinterest for some inspiration.
There was almost too long to think about this swap – 8 weeks from signing up to sending. So you can probably guess that I did my research then put the hoop to one side for a bit. My partner liked geometric designs so I based my design on a unicorn pin badge I own. First I drew my design onto a piece of plain fabric.
Very Berry Hoop Swap design
Then I stitched it using grey embroidery thread, adding detail with a blue thread.
Very Berry Hoop Swap design
I had measured my design to make sure it fitted inside the frame. I sandwiched it between the frame, the backing piece and centre plate, then folded over the excess fabric and used a wood glue to fix everything in place.
finished Very Berry Hoop Swap
I enjoyed making it and hope my partner did too, as I haven’t heard from her yet. You can see the lovely hoop I received at the top of this post. It’s a hoop full of French knots of every colour. It’s so pretty!
You can see what other people made by searching for the #veryberryhoopswap on Instagram.


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    April 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Wow this looks incredible, something I don’t have the patience to sit and do but I love to see the work other people produce x

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    April 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I also don’t have the required patience, but it turned out amazingly.

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    Megan at Lush to Blush
    April 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    This turned out so cute! I LOVE unicorns; I have stuffed one that I’m obsessed with! 🙂

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    Ickle Pickle
    April 4, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    This is such a lovely idea! I love the one you made – and the one you received. Kaz x

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    Julie Syl Kalungi
    April 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I used to be so artistic, loved crafts and all that, I don’t know where it went, probably in motherhood like many others. Looks great too!

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    Ana De- Jesus
    April 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I have always thought of myself as part mermaid, part unicorn so I am loving this craft. It is too cute x

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    dena jayne
    April 4, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I need to get more crafty, when I get my craft on I really get into it, it’s just getting around to doing it! xo

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    April 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    This is such a lovely idea to take part in, I love your unicorn hoop and the one you received with the colourful french knots is beautiful too. x

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